We know her as the composed, polished, professional TV host and actress. Earlier this year, she was inducted into the Logies Hall of Fame for her work that’s spanned five decades on Australian television screens.
Rarely, we see the composure fracture.
On last night’s episode of Sunday Night, however, we did, as 64-year-old Kerri-Anne Kennerley spoke about the violence she says she endured in her first marriage and the moment she threatened her then-husband with a gun in a bid to stop the beatings.
“You know, you just realise that when somebody is 6”2’, crazy off their head — it doesn’t matter which room you run into, all you do is close your eyes and wait for it to be over” Kennerley said.
“It’s pointless. I think eventually you just go, ‘I think I will be dead’.”
Kennerley was married to American record producer for The Rolling Stones, James ‘Jimmy’ Miller.
“He was this really almost exotic, slightly mad, born-and-bred New Yorker. He built recording studios where I could record,” Kennerley said. “It was terribly glamorous. And I was bright-eyed and bushy-tailed and got reeled in.”
Kennerley told Seven she suffered black eyes and bloody noses and, on one occasion, had to spend the night in hospital on account of Miller’s violence.